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GFWC Viera Woman's Club Inc.. A Community Service Club in Viera, FL
GFWC Viera Woman's Club Inc. GFWC Viera Woman's Club Inc.

     1.  Arts Department...                          
          Diana Ashbrook                                                 Chris McWaters
         dpashbrook@aol.com                                        camh2o@aol.com              
For people with disabilities we:
  • Participate in the Very Special Arts (VSA) program each spring at Brevard Zoo. (VSA is   an international organization dedicated to providing quality art programs for children and adults with disabilities.)
  • Make crafts that are distributed to Meals-on-Wheels clients.
For Youth we:
  • Donate to the Brevard Youth Symphony orchestra.
  • Hold art contests.
  • Showcase youth musical talent at club meetings & events.
And for other community organizations we:
  • Support our singing group, the Viera Singers, who sing at Alzheimer, nursing homes, and club events.
  • Showcase members' Arts & Crafts talents at our January meeting every year.
  • Donate to community theaters.
GFWC Florida Federation focus...increasing art programs and art funding in the schools.
Creative Arts
We encourage members to participate in the following contests...
   GFWC has three photograph contests:
  • The World in Pictures
  • GFWC Volunteers in Action
  • A Year in Pictures/calendar contest
  • GFWC Florida Short story and poetry contests
In the future we could
  • Give music, dance or drama scholarships
  • Promote community film festivals
  • Establish Artist-in- Residence programs
     2.  Conservation Department...              
                 Penelope Cherry
  Beautification Program                                                                                                                                  
Activities can include:                              
  • Recycling*
  • Air and Water Quality
  • Natural Resource Restoration*
  • Land Maintenance*
  • Beautification*
  • Wildlife Protection*
Resource Conservation in the Community  
  • Managing and preserving natural resources *
  • Supporting public policies that protect natural resources
  • Implementing energy conservation practices in the home, etc *
  • Organize litter prevention and clean-up projects *
      GFWC Florida current focus...looking at effects of global warming & becoming aware of ones carbon footprint.
       * Currently supported by our Club
      3.  Education Department...                
          Carol Langston
     Education in the Community
     Activities can include:
     Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) - Offers a path to self-enrichment and personal growth for members.
  • Establishing reading groups
  • Promoting local authors
  • Forming book or tape exchange
     Supporting libraries
  • Joining Friends of the Libraries *
  • Developing Books for Babies program
  • Planning activities at/for library *
  • For worthy students in the community *
  • Investigate other scholarship programs (Talbots, AARP, etc.)
 Focus on Literacy Program 
  • Recruiting readers & tutors (Rolling Readers) *
  • Celebrating Read Across America & Dr. Seuss's Birthday
  • DEAR -- Drop Everything and Read Day 
  • Supporting the Dictionary Project (give dictionaries to students in local schools
  • Supporting the Heart of America's Books from the Heart program -- provides books to less fortunate children in schools
      *Currently supported by our Club
     4.  GFWC Signature Project Domestic Violence          

Domestic Violence -- when a person in the home tries to control his or her partner or children through intimidation, physical harm, threats and/or fear. This is also called Abuse.
Domestic Violence is one of the most common and expensive crimes committed today. Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten, and three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Fifty (50) percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also abused their children.
Our Club supports four charities in the community that assist women and children in domestic violence situations:
-Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter, Cocoa
-The Haven --Chef du Jour, feeding the children the third Monday of every month .
-Guardian ad litum
-Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter
     5.  Home Life Department...         
Gail Campbell
       Participating in activities that improve the lives & supports others, like:
  • Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) *
  • Children's Hunger Project*
  • March of Dimes*
  • American Heart Association
  • Alzheimers facilities & nursing homes (Autumn House Bingo) *
  • Brevard Sharing Center*
  • Meals on Wheels Christmas Gift Event*
Focus On Financial Issues
Educate members on financial security
Emphasize prevention of identify theft, living wisely, Social Security
Encourage creation of personal retirement plans
Focus on Health
Educate members about most prevalent medical problems affecting women & others:
  • Heart Disease, shingles, stroke, & osteoporosis *
  • New breast cancer awareness program
  • New topics -- pandemic flu, weight loss, and building healthy self-worth
        *Currently supported by our Club
      6.  International Outreach...                   
      Carol Kramer                        
 Reaching Out Internationally
      Encourages members to reach out to programs and projects outside of the U.S., for example:
  • CARE -- Humanitarian organization fighting global poverty
  • Clowns Without Borders -- Volunteer organization that works to spread happiness from refugee camps to conflict zones
  • Operation Smile International -- Provides life-changing reconstructive surgery to children & adults in developing countries and uninsured American children *
  • Plan USA -- Global child sponsorship network *
  • Project Hope -- Provides health care & humanitarian assistance
  • Save the Children -- Global, non-profit child-assistance organization
 United Nations Program
  • Learning about United Nations Programs
  • Supporting UNICEF (United Nations Childrens Fund)
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission
  • Support Water/Environment/Sanitation Project ... Project TAP *
  • UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
       *Currently supported by our Club
       7.  Public Issues Department...         
           Cheryl Snyder                                               
Citizenship in Action
     Activities can include:
     Supporting Veterans Affairs...
  • Supporting Women in the Military
  • Working with Veterans
  • Sewing for Sew Much Comfort
  • Supporting Military and their families
  • Guitars for Vets - has become a yearly Opportunity for the members of GFWC Viera Woman's Club.
     Encouraging Citizenship Participation...
  • Voting and encouraging others to do the same *
  • Working with the League of Women Voters *
  • Celebrating International Human Rights Day
  • Helping someone study for the U.S. Citizenship Test
Focus on Community Safety Program
  • Safety -- Review GFWC Community Safety for Women fact sheets
  • Home Safety -- For example: fire safety, telemarketers, batteries for smoke detectors.
  • Vehicle Safety -- Order "Growing Up with Safety" for teachers
  • Food and Toy Safety -- Distribute the Food Safety Quiz for Kids
  • Promote proper use of child safety and booster seats.
  • Work with FEMA
     Special Projects
     GFWC Florida State President's Project 2018-2020   
       Sandy Angerami

         GFWC Florida is excited to partner with Operation Smile for the 2018-2020 administration. GFWC Florida President Sharon Oliphant has chosen “Smiles Across the Miles” as her theme and during this time, a fund-raising goal of $250,000 has been set. In order to accomplish this goal, GFWC Florida clubs will be asked to assist with awareness activities and projects to share the organization's vision and mission. Operation Smile envisions a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery, which it provides free of charge to its patients around the world. To help make this possible, the organization calls upon the generosity of dedicated members of the global community. Through a cleft surgery that costs as little as $240, this organization can make a meaningful difference in the life of a child in need. GFWC will be providing updates and available opportunities in which we, as club members, can participate.
     We are very familiar with items needed by Operation Smile as our club has been a contributor to this wonderful charitable organization for many years. We will continue with our projects (sewing hospital gowns; smile bags; and, fleece blankets) throughout 2020, with one or two work dates scheduled at the Suntree/Viera Public Library this summer. Also, when shopping this summer, please keep in mind items needed to fill the smile bags. Summer is a terrific time to shop the sales! Some items to look for are: coloring books; Crayola crayons; pipe cleaners; stickers; children's scissors (blunt tip); flash cards (numbers); hair ribbons; barrettes; jump ropes; etc. Please contact me for a complete listing of needed items smile bags or with any other questions you may have.




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